Contemporary Hill Country

When I first spotted this Hill Country Contemporary design, I thought, “hmm, that’s odd, I don’t remember a new build down the street from Candy Evans!

That’s because it was built in 2008. As you scroll through these photos, you’ll see it’s a prime example of why architects are essential. Architects think long and hard about how their clients want to live in a home before they ever draw up a plan. They eschew trendy materials for classic. Rather than mow down trees, they design around them. In other words, they build timeless homes — homes that last forever.

That’s exactly what we need more of after the North Dallas tornado devastated so many homes. Plus, this one is move-in ready!

This Contemporary Hill Country home was designed by Bernbaum/Magadini Architects and built by Buford-Hawthorne. You could not ask for a better team.
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Dirk Nowitzki has bought the Charles Wyly mansion at 5906 Deloache in the “Honeypot” of Preston Hollow.

While the estate was once listed for $8.25 million, pricing got way more realistic last year when Allie Beth Allman took it over. She was appointed by federal courts back in 2018 to dissolve the property to pay off Wyly’s creditors. The Wyly brothers — Charles and Sam (who had an epic home on Beverly Drive that was built in 1924 for Dallas businessman Fred Schoellkopf) were found guilty in 2014 of using Isle of Man off-shore accounts and trading to avoid paying taxes. The grand total bill between the Wylys? $1.1 billion.

The property was listed at $5,999,950. Sale proceeds to satisfy the family’s debt to the U.S. government. So thanks, Dirk!

Sources say Nowitzki picked up the estate for $5,375,000.

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Highland Park Mediterranean

I’ve told you every house has a story, and generally, it’s a romance. However, this Highland Park Mediterranean is not your typical love story.

It wasn’t purchased for a sweetheart. It was not passed down through generations. And it was not the dream home bought by a sports star with his first big paycheck.

But this Highland Park Mediterranean certainly has a heart-warming story. It was completely renovated by one of the best designers in the world for childhood friends.

Gonzalo Bueno is a founder and partner with design firms Treceavo Plano and Ten Plus Three. Bueno is well-known for his award-winning designs and has been featured in many publications, including Modern Luxury magazine and D Home.

Friends he’d know almost his entire life began exploring the idea of moving to Dallas. As often happens, they found this beautiful Highland Park Mediterranean almost as soon as they started looking. But there was a lot to be done. They reached out to their lifelong friend, and Bueno went into overdrive to have it ready for them.

Highland Park Mediterranean

The exterior pays homage to original Highland Park homes.

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timeless contemporary

When Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Lee Lee Gioia laid eyes on this timeless contemporary house the first time,  she entered through the back door.

“I immediately thought, this is no ordinary house,” she said, “it has to be a Bodron + Fruit!”

When the plans were produced, her instincts were correct. It doesn’t matter which door you come through, you can always tell a Bodron + Fruit design, and they always stand the test of time.

If you’ve ever wondered why you hire an architect, this timeless contemporary is a great example. Architects know what materials don’t age. They understand siting, proportion, massing, and volume — and they get it right. Although this home was built in 2004, it looks like it was finished last week.
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Preston Hollow Village

With so many homeowners displaced by the EF-3 North Dallas tornado, rentals in the Preston Hollow area are leasing up. The tornadoes that devastated the northern stretch of our city Sunday night — the National Weather Service has confirmed a total of 11 in North Texas — will set a new record as the costliest tornado outbreak in Texas history according to the Insurance Council of Texas. The organization has conservatively set the tab at $2 billion in losses for about 1000 homes and businesses.

At least 65,000 customers lost power and Oncor, along with out-of-town help, is still repairing the grid. According to Dallas City Councilwoman Jennifer Gates, only 900 are now without power, which is amazing considering the scope of the damage to the densely populated area the storms struck.

Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas tells me 30,000 total auto and homeowner claims have been filed for this event. The expense, too, comes with the scope of commercial claims: warehouses, shopping malls, restaurants, and an entire Home Depot. That Home Depot at Forest and US 75 alone will be several million dollars for both structure and inventory, he says.

At this point, storm victims are assessing damage, filing claims, and working to find rental homes while their own homes are repaired or demolished. All of this is going to make life very different in North Texas over the next year. 

Spike in Rental Properties

“We have about five families from the same two Preston Hollow streets — Pemberton and Orchid — leasing at the McKenzie,” says Sanders Avrea, a senior vice president with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “All of our larger three-bedroom floor plans have been leased and our remaining two bedrooms are going quickly. We do still have three of the six penthouse plans still available.”

Once you’re through the iron gates of this glorious Coppell estate, you’ll never want to leave. Take in the grandiose exterior and imagine how glamorous you will feel each day walking past the trimmed hedges and custom limestone fountain to your handcrafted front door. Of course, you can always pull up to the elegant porte-cochère when you’re feeling more casual, but really there is nothing too casual about this luxurious home. Ravishing indeed, this listing with creeks on three sides is a rarity on the market you don’t want to miss. 

Since Clay Nelson Architecture was at the helm for design and luxury builder Street Custom Homes made their dazzling vision come to life, luxury and quality craftsmanship are a guarantee at this spectacular abode. The 9,564-square-foot home is a masterpiece full of eye-catching spaces, and it all starts in the exquisite grand foyer entrance. 

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Rooftop terrace at Ritz-Carlton Residences Townhouse 4

Minutes before I left town for a spell, I was able to squeeze in a viewing of the final Ritz-Carlton Residences shell townhouse all duded-up and immaculately finished by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Mark Molthan of Platinum Series Homes. Since I’d rather hobnob than shutterbug at these events (I happened meet someone with more shirts than me), I returned to the MLS to grab some pictures to show – and I learned something.

I typed in “pearl” figuring if I started with the most expensive, I had to catch 2555 Pearl Street, right?  I mean it’s a 6,079-square-foot Ritz Residence comprising three bedrooms with four full and one-half bathroom listed with Kyle Crews from Allie Beth Allman for $6.7 million. How could there be a pricier pearl?

There was.

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Spanish-Mediterranean

If I had to guess, I’d say this lovely Spanish-Mediterranean was designed by leading Dallas architects Marion Fooshee and James Cheek. Let me know if you think otherwise. But I do my detective work, and I can support my theory pretty well, so here goes!

Foshee & Cheek were well-known for their eclectic Spanish-Mediterranean style, including Dr. Hugh Leslie and Lydia Bowen Moore’s home at 4200 Beverly Drive. Their most significant design was Highland Park Village, the first self-contained shopping center in America. They were also involved in the design of the Hall of State and Aquarium buildings in Fair Park. Foshee lived at the duplex on 4441-4443 Westway Avenue, and Cheek lived at the duplex at 4417-4419 — right next door!

I think it makes for a natural assumption Foshee & Cheek are responsible for this wonderful Spanish-Mediterranean. So, I’m going with that!

Spanish-Mediterranean

This historic Spanish-Mediterranean is in Westpark, one of the last residential additions built in Highland Park. It includes Fairway Street, Westway Avenue, Lomo Alto Court, and Lomo Alto Drive.

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